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Hot on the heels of winning our last Grand Prize Contest, Vanisha Renée Pierce has won our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award with her script EZEKIEL – and to celebrate and give you insights into winning our contests, WriteMovies is doing an exclusive interview with her which you can watch for FREE!

Winning two WriteMovies contests in a row is a rare achievement, so we want to take the opportunity to share how she did it and what helps Vanisha’s writing stand out in our eyes. Our online interview with her, taking place on July 15th, will be your chance to get insights from someone writing the kind of scripts we want to see!

This interview will be available to watch for free, both live and VoD. If you’d like to book to watch it live, click here!

For winning our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award, Vanisha has won two sets of Development Notes, guaranteed pitching to industry, and more. Her script is also still in the running for our Spring Contest. See below to find out more about EZEKIEL and Vanisha Renée Pierce ahead of our interview with her!


Here’s a brief summary of what EZEKIEL is about:

Welcome to the Alchemic Apartheid.

For over one hundred years the Civic Order and the Alchemic Order have held a shaky truce, peppered by violence and mistrust. But when Koa, a Civilian-born insurgency, bombs an Alchemist summit, the truce is shattered. Now, Koa is rising. War is coming. And all sixteen-year-old Ezekiel D’jihara Anon (Zeika) can do is keep moving as she watches the lords of alchemy slowly overtake her home.

But when clashes between Koa and the Alchemic Order put a final, deadly squeeze on the remaining Civilian territories, Zeika finds herself in the crosshairs of fate. She must walk the line between survival and rebellion against the Alchemists. On one side of the line awaits death. On the other, the betrayal of her civilization, her loyalties, and herself.

Enter the world of EZEKIEL, a wild ride to the end of a young girl’s sanity as she struggles with an impossible choice: to keep one step ahead of a war… or to be consumed by it.


And here’s a quick bio of EZEKIEL’s writer, Vanisha Renée Pierce:

A shameless blerd and bookworm since the age of five, Vanisha Renée Pierce is a sci-fi and fantasy novelist and screenwriter obsessed with genre mashups, sci-fi noir, breakneck action, and TV writing.

She holds an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA in Theatre Arts & Generative Dramaturgy from the University of Arizona, and is an aspiring polyglot.

She currently teaches Theatre at Democracy Prep Endurance High School in Harlem and is the mom of the most awesome little human ever. Every story she writes sits at the intersection of the BIPOC and the bleeding edge and combines the sable with sci-fi.

A previous Grand Prize Winner of WriteMovies’ Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest, Vanisha’s other works include her Books of Ezekiel novel series, The Camille, EverDark, and she’s currently working on the first novel of her brand new BIPOC survival horror series, Surrogate.

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